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Just spent the past hour collecting fallen leaves and filled 10 bags with them. This will rot down over winter and through the spring into lovely leaf mould that I can put onto my raised beds before planting my veggies in 2019.

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I was down at the allotment for 9am this morning and it felt good to get an early start on all the clearing up. I got so much done below is a list for anyone who is interested.

– weeded four beds next to my greenhouse

– moved two small compost heaps into my new long bed

– layered and topped up my compost bins, adding shredded paper, grass cuttings and all the old cuttings and remnants of the plants I grew this year

– started some nettle fertiliser

– collected my first batch of leaves that will break down to leaf mould

– added the left over chicken pellets to one of my raised beds and dig it in

– added torn egg boxes and newspaper to my extra long bed and topped it up with well rotted manure all ready for next spring

– added a layer of newspaper to all other raised beds ready for a layer of manure (when I get the next batch)

All in all another productive day down at the allotment 😀

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Never has anyone ever looked this happy and excited to have planted garlic at their allotmnet

Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more…

Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more time to spare to enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables. It’s the first year that I have had a greenhouse full of delicious produce. The cherry tomatoes are to die for and I have had so many cucumbers that there was no one left to give them away to. The beetroot in the picture above are mini and the result of thinning the beetroot patch out. I grew three varieties of beans this year including broad beans, a green string bean and a purple string beans (i love to freeze them) The string beans cropped really well for dwarf bush varieties. We were surprised to see the purple variety of bean loose its colour in the blanching process before freezing them. The apples have been the winner this year, approx 40 apples in total. We have already made some apple sauce with some of them and are continuing to enjoy them in our packed lunches through the week.

This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A t…

This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A total of 15lbs in weight all bagged up into 1lb bags and frozen so that we can make crumbles through the winter. The prep took three of us a couple of hours but it was worth it. I always write the date on the bags so that when we go to the freezer for fruit to make deserts we know exactly what day we harvested the fruit. 

We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the…

We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the meantime we have been harvesting, cooking and storing all we can. I will miss this dear Bramley apple tree that we were given by our neighbours as they never had any fruit off of it! Poppy and Baskerville also thought they would help Matt pick some apples!

Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking…

Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking throughout the winter. They make a great substitute for butter beans.

 I’m making parsley butter, sage butter and mint sauce with…

 I’m making parsley butter, sage butter and mint sauce with these herbs.

I have had to harvest the winter squash from the allotment as it…

I have had to harvest the winter squash from the allotment as it will need to be handed back very shortly due to our move to Ireland. They are now all out on the front wall in the sunshine curing so that they can be kept and used over winter.

Tomato harvest!I have harvested the majority of the ‘Roma’…

Tomato harvest!

I have harvested the majority of the ‘Roma’ tomatoes and a few random yellow ones! I have saved the seed from a couple of them to grow next year.